It’s time for the Harvest Festival again, and Phyllis is determined to bake a killer pecan pie.
Hollywood comes to Weatherford, Texas, as a movie company arrives to shoot scenes for a film based on the novel by Phyllis Newsom’s friend Eve. But movie fantasy turns to deadly reality as a murder recreated for film turns out to be the genuine article, and once more Phyllis has to track down a cunning killer to see that justice is done.
Death Bakes a Pecan Pie is the fourteenth novel in the critically acclaimed and best-selling Fresh Baked Mystery series. Phyllis and her friends tackle another complex case with all the humor, camaraderie, good-hearted warmth, and delicious recipes that have made readers around the world fall in love with this series.
In Washburn's disappointing 11th Fresh Baked mystery (after 2017's Baker's Deadly Dozen), the cast and crew of a film company arrive in Weatherford, Tex., to make a movie called Fresh Baked Death based on a novel by Eve Turner, whose main character is modeled on her amateur sleuth friend, Phyllis Newsom. When director Lawrence Fremont, who has a history of harassment, turns up dead apparently the victim of a doctored version of Phyllis's famed pecan pie leading lady Melissa Keller proposes that she and Phyllis team up to unmask the killer. Potential candidates include an Australian leading man with less than cordial relations with Melissa, a pair of squabbling writers, a producer, an assistant director, and a range of actors. The sleuths' lack of engagement with the suspects and an obvious clue make fingering the perpetrator an easy task, although readers may enjoy spending time with Phyllis and her friends.